Across the Asphalt to Terminal 3
The Highlights

Vision

Ten kilometers of new roads are being built for the new terminal. Among other things, the Zeppelinheim interchange is being enlarged to facilitate access to the A5 motorway. In addition, new public and utility roads are being created. Travelers will be able to drive straight to the drive-by platform in front of Terminal 3, and a brand-new parking structure nearby will have room for 8,500 vehicles.

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Relaxed Access for Drivers

The first major subproject for connecting the new terminal to the road network involved building the access and exit ramps for the drive-by platform. They are essential in order for travelers and visitors to drive straight up to the departure level of Terminal 3. A total of 2,600 cubic meters of concrete was used to make them. The access ramp is 256 meters long while the exit ramp measures 136 meters.

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The Challenge of Building Bridges

The huge drive-by platform – it measures about 550 meters long by 30 meters wide, yielding a surface area of 15,300 square meters – connects the two ramps at a height of around 10 meters above the ground. Passenger cCars and taxis will use it to stop right in front of the check-in hall. It is held up by 70 special V-shaped supports for which the engineers doing the structural calculations had to master special challenges.

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Well-Connected

Not only the large structures and ramps but also the roads in front of Terminal 3 are rapidly taking shape. With a total length of 10 kilometers, they link the new terminal to the motorway, CargoCity South, and the airport’s operational zones. At the same time, the Zeppelinheim interchange on the A5 motorway is being widened, and a 143-meter-wide bridge is being built across it a few hundred meters further south.

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Parking on Eight Levels

Within a stone’s throw from the drive-by platform, another subproject has also been taking shape: the parking facility. Before work to build its eight levels began, isolated stairways sprouted skyward. In July 2020, the building itself began taking shape as the ceiling units were put in place.

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